Award-winning podcaster and spoken-word artist, George the Poet, has written for Time about why now, more than ever, we need to do more to give space to underrepresented voices. Bringing together his artistry and advocacy, he talks about how events in the US have resonated in the UK and the work we need to do to start reversing the effects of racism. George is much more eloquent than us, read his words here.
Music and podcasts have been doing a lot to help get us through lock down and have helped us think about a more positive future. One podcast that expertly brings this together is Dissect. Dissect is a serialised music podcast that examines a single album per season, one album per episode. You can expect lyrical analysis, a break down of the album’s production, expert opinion and social commentary. We’ve been listening to the season about The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, but with seasons on Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly”, Beyonce’s “Lemonade” and Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange” amongst the back catalogue, there’s a lot to get stuck into. Listen here.
As part of Bomb Magazine’s Theory + Practice Series, American essayist and academic Saidiya Hartman has revisited W.E.B. Du Bois’ short story from 1920 “The Comet”. In “The Comet”, Du Bois imagines a world after the pandemic of 1918, when only two people in New York have survived, a black man and a white woman. Hartman explores the themes, context and lessons from the story, here.
Earlier this week, hip-hop artist, author and educator, Akala hosted an Instagram live about police and protests. In it, he answered questions from the audience and shared insights and knowledge from his books, research and own experience. Our review? Coherent, nuanced, necessary. The full Live is now available on his Instagram page, here.